Instructors

Lorne Becker

After almost 30 years with a major Petro Chemical Company, Lorne incorporated to form Oakbridge Consulting Services.
Through Oakbridge, Lorne provides a resource to industry in the areas of Environmental Health and Safety, Supervision and Communications. As a certified advanced facilitator Lorne has conducted workshops and instruction to a wide variety of clients within the industrial sector. With his post graduate work in social sciences and a background in Radio and Television Arts, Lorne draws on a varied background which includes an electrical trade ticket as well as certification in conflict resolution, performance management, and accident investigation. This background provides a multi-dimensional perspective, focused on improving both what we do, and the relationships that define who we are.
Lorne teaches Module I and V of the Better SuperVision Program.

John Braconnier

John is a project manager for a large industrial construction company, with over 30 years of experience in managing small to large projects in Northern Alberta. He graduated from Grant MacEwan University's accounting program, furthered his education with a two year Piping Design course from NAIT, completed a two year U of A Construction Administration course with an award for the highest mark, and was selected by his company to attend a Leadership Course at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He has been teaching Better SuperVison courses since 1997, and is qualified to teach Modules 3, 4 and 5. John believes in the Better SuperVision program, and is an enthusiastic teacher, illustrating the material with personal anecdotes garnered from years of sweat, blood and tears. "An average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity." ~ Robert Brault.

Sharafe Elleden

Sharafe Elladen has been an instructor with BetterSuperVision for over three years. Sharafe works as a Project Manager in the Oilsands Industry. Most of his work has been on large-scale, environmental, capital construction projects including tailings management, flue gas desulphurization, and tailings recovery - with a variety of roles in each. He also has experience managing a portfolio of small capital sustaining projects related to Upgrading. Sharafe participated in the development of the industry's first set of Owner's WorkFace Planning procedures. His interests are broad and diverse and include a passion for reading and learning, spirituality, volunteering, and athletics. Sharafe has instructed Modules 1, 3, 4, and 5.

Jeff Furlotte

Jeff Furlotte started the industry as a pipefitter and has worked as a Workface Planning Manager and Procurement Manager over the past 14 years in the oil and gas industry. Jeff has been working with Insight-wfp over the past 5 years with owners, engineers, constructors and software companies in the education and implementation of Workface Planning. Jeff has completed his Certificate of Project Management and is working towards his PMP and has been involved with Better SuperVision for the past 5yrs.
Jeff was born in Dalhousie, New Brunswick and now lives in Beaumont with his wife and two young children.

Roger Gunn

Roger Gunn instructs both Better SuperVision modules and the Leaders Building Leaders programs. He also teaches Human Resources Management at the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT. Roger graduated from the University of Toronto with an MBA and from the University of Ottawa with B. Adm. and B. Comm. degrees.
Roger has held senior Human Resources positions in such organizations as TransAlta Utilities, Enbridge and North American Construction Group as well as in the healthcare, municipal government and manufacturing sectors. Appointed to the Alberta Labour Relations Board in January 2001, he continues to serve in that capacity. Roger maintains a mediation and arbitration practice through his company, Win Win HR Solutions Inc.

Warren Hansen

Warren joined Local 488 as a pipeline helper in 1990, and gained journeyman status in his trade of Steam Fitter / Pipefitter 2002. Since then, he has been active in Local 488 as a trainer for various programs (Red Seal Steam Fitter, Rigging, UA Foreman course), while maintaining employment in the trade at various levels of supervision, Planner/Coordinator and Project Manager for a mechanical service provider.
Warren became involved with Better SuperVision in 2009, and currently instructs Module III.

Wendy L. Hassen

Wendy has worked extensively in labour relations, workplace and organizational development and has operated her own facilitation and mediation practice for the last nine years. During this time Wendy has had the pleasure of working with many construction sector groups, including Owners, Contractors, and Building Trades on both provincial and national levels. Wendy also enjoys teaching and in addition to facilitating the Leaders Building Leaders course she coaches students in Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society conflict communications programs and is a volunteer educator with local community mediation societies. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the U of A, is an IAF Certified© Professional Facilitator, and a Chartered Mediator through the ADR Institute of Canada.

Ed Kamps

Ed has been a resident of Fort McMurray for 21 years and during that time, has held a variety of positions within Human Resources, Safety, and Training & Development. Previously with Suncor Energy, Ed is now HR Manager for FT Services.
Ed started instructing in the Better SuperVision program in the 90's and teaches Module 1.
During his spare time, Ed volunteers with several Non Profit organizations in Fort McMurray.

Mel Kraley

After spending 10 years in the military, in 2001 Mel received an honorable discharge and became an electrical apprentice. In 2005 he became a Journeyman electrician. Upon becoming a Journeyman he found himself being asked to be a Shop Steward and immediately took up the role of Steward at Syncrude on maintenance. Within a year he became Chief Steward on the Syncrude site. In mid 2006 he was moved into the business office within the IBEW local 424. In 2008 Mel became an instructor for Labour Relations for Better SuperVision. Mel held a position on the Alberta Apprenticeship Board until taking a job in Newfoundland in June 2011. After leaving the IBEW in 2010; he became Labour Relations advisor for PTI camps. In 2011 Mel decided to go back into construction and took a job with Fluor Constructors as Labour Relations Manager. Mel has extensive knowledge in Labour relations and has himself completed both the BSV and Leaders Building Leaders courses.

Ken Mah

Ken is a Registered Engineering Technologist as well as a Certified First Class Power Engineer with over forty years of technical experience in operation and maintenance of pressure vessels, pressure piping systems in industries such as refineries, power plants, pulp mills, mining and heavy oil. He was the Assistant Chief Inspector with the Alberta Boilers Branch (Department of Labour) for several years prior to returning to industry in 1989. He also served as a member of the Boilers Technical Council under the Alberta Safety Codes Act from 1992 to 1995.
Currently, Ken is the principal of a private company, QA Projects Ltd (QAPL). QAPL offers inspection and integrity management services on pressure equipment: 1) for ensuring that quality are being met during the construction phase of new facilities; and 2) developing pressure equipment integrity management program for in-service pressure equipment to prevent the loss of use. The company also specializes in Hazops Reviews for new plant and system designs as well as existing designs with a view to improve or minimize potential hazards and operability problems; development of QMP’s for companies to administer parts of the Alberta Safety Codes Act by receiving accreditation from the Alberta Safety Codes Council in the following disciplines – Fire, Electrical and Building.
In addition, Ken has taught power engineering courses for NAIT on a contract basis for several years. He has been involved with the Better SuperVision program since 1994 providing facilitation on Modules III, IV & V.

Jim McDonnell

Jim’s family trade was crane operating, and he knew from an early age that was what he wanted to do. He joined the OE’s in 1971 and began his career working with equipment. Towards the end of the decade (and a bust cycle in Alberta) he decided to go back to school and graduated with a teaching degree in 1980. For the next few years he worked between running a crane and day-to-day teaching.
The economy took another nose-dive in 1983 and Jim ended up in teaching (and school administration) for the next sixteen years.
In 1999 Jim started a new career in safety and he joined a crane rental company that required a Certificate of Recognition (COR) program. He then spent seven years looking after the health and safety program.
In 2006 Jim decided to become an independent consultant and trainer. Jim currently instructs Module I of Better SuperVision.

Phil Perry

Phil is an instructor in NAIT’s Construction Engineering Technology Diploma Program. He is also the coordinator of NAIT’s evening Construction Technology Certificate Programed which is aimed at providing professional development for those currently working in the industry. Phil has 30 plus years in the Construction Industry, most of which was in Project Management of Industrial Projects for the General Contractors.
Phil teaches Modules III, IV and V with Better SuperVision.

Geoff Ryan

Geoff Ryan is a Journeyman Pipefitter, Project Management Professional and a Workface Planning Evangelist. After working as a productivity specialist on several Alberta mega projects Geoff started his own company: Insight-wfp, specializing in the application of Workface Planning, and along with his team, works with Owners, Engineers, Project Management Teams, Constructors and Software Developers across the globe, helping them to understand and incorporate Workface Planning practices.
Geoff was an active member of the COAA Workface Planning committee between 2004 and 2010 and is Chairman and founder of the ‘not for profit’ Workface Planning Institute. Geoff’s first book: ‘Schedule for Sale, Workface Planning for Construction Projects’ was first published in 2009 and sold 1300 copies across five continents in the first two years.
Geoff has been an instructor with Better SuperVision for over 10 years and regularly instructs Module 3, 4, and 5 classes in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon. He also instructs Project Management and Workface Planning courses at Keyano College in Fort McMurray.
Geoff was born in Melbourne, Australia and now lives in Fort McMurray with his wife and four adult children.

Doug Senger

Doug is a 25 year past member of CEP in Alberta in plant operations. Working on various construction teams since, including Bantrel and Bechtel, Doug has worked in or around chemical, petroleum manufacturing all his adult life. Job titles included Construction Manager for HR as a Trainer, Lockout Authority, Maintenance Manager, and Start Up Engineer.
Doug teaches Module 4 with Better SuperVision.

Mike Yorke

Mike has worked in industrial construction in Alberta for 20 years and has worked as a Labour Relations Manager at the EPC and Owner Level for six years. A graduate himself of BSV in 2001, and an Instructor since 2005, Mike teaches Module II.

Curtis Ledger

Curtis is the Manager of Training for Jacobs Industrial Services Ltd. and manages the leadership development of all foremen and superintendents across Canada. His experience includes roles in HSE, Labour Relations, and Employee Development throughout the industrial construction and maintenance industries. Curtis holds a Marketing diploma from NAIT and a Bachelor of Management Degree with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge. He is also a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional. Curtis prides himself on delivering expert adult education that englightens and entertains. He takes great joy and pride in being able to use his facilitation skills in delivering Module 1 in Better Supervision.

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